Joy Fair

Michigan's winningest racer with over 700 feature wins. His career spanned 50 years and was inducted into the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame 1986.

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Latest Activity: Jul 9, 2013

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Joy Fair passed away this morning, December 10, 2011.  All of us will miss you.  You are simply the best.

Bob "Gilley" Gillelan passed away December 8, 2010. Our condolences to his family.  He was Joy's long time car owner and engine builder at Dearborn Crankshaft.


Track Championships (work in progress)
Toledo Speedway, Toledo, Ohio:
'67, '68, '69, '70, '71, '72, '74. Runner-up '75-'77.
Winner of the 1968 Glass City 200 at Toledo.
Flat Rock Speedway, Flat Rock, Michigan:
'65, '67, '69, '70, '71, '72, '75, '76, '79, '81
Mt Clemens Racetrack, Mt. Clemens, Michigan. (ARCA racetrack):
'74, '75, '76, '77 and also 1981 Latemodel champion
Dixie Motor Speedway, Birch Run, Michigan: (Superstocks)
'64, and winner of the first Dixie Classic in '64 and again in '66, '76, '77 and '79.  

Baer Field Speedway track championship in 1965.


Drivers who drove Joy Fair cars:

Joe Ruttman(1973), Fran Harden, Dave Marcis, Brian Norton, Mark Fair(1982).


Car owners:

Russell Wainscott, Bob Gillelan.



The names of deceased crew are lettered on a hood displayed at the Toledo Speedway Bar and Grill by Dennis Schalm.  Names of living crew members might also be on the other side of that same hood.  That's a great tribute and won't be listed here.


Engine Builder(s):

Bob Gillelan, Katech Engineering.



Dennis Schalm, Sam Gambino and Herman Thierry

Discussion Forum

joy fair

Started by bradley scott pike. Last reply by Pete Banchoff Oct 24, 2010. 3 Replies

Dennis Schalm's story of Joy's Cavalier

Started by Pete Banchoff. Last reply by Dennis Schalm Aug 19, 2009. 3 Replies

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Comment by Pete Banchoff on May 11, 2013 at 9:58am

Steve, this page had crawled to a stop because everyone is on facebook.  There are clubs there many of which Rod is on also.  We can try and see if anyone has a decklid picture on one of those pages.  

Comment by Steve Wunderlich on May 11, 2013 at 7:23am

For you modelers I've contacted Rod McLeod (aka Statsman) about making some decals for Joy's '64 Chevelle. We'd hoped that Jim or Brian or somebody previously could produce a picture of the deck lid on that car for accuracy. However, that doesn't appear likely to happen. Anyway, Rod's saying something like $15 will get you a sheet so holler if you'd like one or two. Rod can easily be Googled for his email or if you need it I will provide. Sure miss the guys, Gilly's birthday was last week......

Comment by Dennis Schalm on August 7, 2012 at 10:31am

I didn't go, which I thought was best considering some of the strong opinions I expressed, but I heard some say the race was pretty good.  They did a Joy Fair #1 on the grass inside turn one.  And as expected named the grandstands for him.  

I thought they should have painted the finish line yellow, because you could say he "owned it".  At Toledo also.  I would have left about 8" to a foot on the inside unpainted and had the grandkids finish painting the yellow on it.

Comment by Steve Wunderlich on August 7, 2012 at 8:20am

Nevermind, I see the Memorial was held in June. Yeesh!

Comment by Steve Wunderlich on August 5, 2012 at 7:26pm

So what's the latest on the Joy Fair Memorial 100?

Comment by Steve Wunderlich on July 28, 2012 at 8:49am

We hooked YOUTUBE up to our TV so I did a search on Joy and 'found' three videos of his retirement ceremony at Toledo. Also, there was another video of a Flat Rock feature in 1994 where he led from start to finish and ran a flawless race, as usual.

Comment by Pete Banchoff on May 22, 2012 at 8:56am

I understand Dennis.  Unfortunately this page can be viewed by doing a simple Google search by anyone, you just need to be a member to comment.  Please keep commenting with whatever you're comfortable with because I always look forward hearing from you.  Thanks for sticking with us Dennis.


Comment by Dennis Schalm on May 21, 2012 at 12:55pm

It's not anyone IN the group.  It's some people who have READ some of the posts here.  Not enough to get the accurate story behind all of our posts.  Just enough to take mine out of context and not have the nerve to deal with me directly.  Which kind of proved one my points I made.  I'll still be around reading the posts.  I'm just saying that any posts I may make in the future, may not be so insightful as ones I've made in the past.  

Comment by Pete Banchoff on May 21, 2012 at 11:56am

Dennis, I don't know what this group has done, but would you like to be dropped from this group?  I don't want you mad at us as a group.   Pete

Comment by Dennis Schalm on May 21, 2012 at 10:53am

Well it seems that as usual on the internet someone reads only a few of the comments out of the hundreds you post on many different web-sites and they jump to conclusions about the few they did read. The worse part about it is when they drag someone who isn't involved instead of taking the matter up with myself and getting a family member to do their dirty work for them. I have four public e-mail addresses, and I'm 6'3" and 270, I'm not hard to find.

You try and protect people from the absurd rumors that go around, and they get pissed at you! Go figure. When I post an opinion, it's an OPINION. When I post a fact of public knowledge, it's a FACT. I've never said anything here or anywhere else that wasn't already a known fact to someone, somewhere. Just because they didn't know it first, doesn't mean others don't. Which I think proved my opinion.

So, I'm going to do what I should have done before when other groups of people who seem to have the right company, organization, or family name attached to them can twist words around to "protect" themselves, when they don't even realize someone else was trying to "boost" or "protect" them when people are spreading false rumors and mis-truths about them. They can just go ahead and call me mean, wrong, a liar, having no intelligence, no sense, out for myself, or what ever crap they want to spread about me.

There are a few out there who really DO know me, and know what I try to do for the sport I grew to love so dearly. The one's who criticize the loudest are the ones who never tried to get to know me. But I've got news for those group and individuals. The majority think the way I do, they just don't know who to point their anger or disappointment at. Well, I guess unfortunately, I do.

To tie this all up, you groups and individuals have won. I surrender. I'll never post another thing again concerning ANY of you. Then, you can deal with the lies and rumors, I've seen and tried to get cleared up before you ever saw them.


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